10 Steps to Better Gas Mileage
- Warming up your vehicle in the driveway wastes gas. Drive slowly for the first few blocks instead to bring your engine to optimal driving temperature.
- Smooth, gradual acceleration increases mileage; rapid starts waste gas. Try to maintain a steady rate of speed and take advantage of timed traffic lights.
- Watch your speed. For every mile per hour over 50, mileage decreases roughly one percent. When traveling at a steady speed, most vehicles get their best mileage between 35 and 45 mph.
- Proper tire inflation and wheel alignment decrease road resistance and increase mileage. Check tire pressure monthly and rotate tires using your vehicles specific maintenance schedule.
- A well-maintained vehicle will run properly and use fuel more efficiently.
- Use your air conditioning wisely. With the air on, your engine uses more fuel.
- Drive less by planning ahead. Try to do all your errands in one trip and plan the most efficient route.
- Don't vent your anger behind the wheel. Aggressive acceleration wastes gas and can be dangerous as well.
- When you see a red light or stop sign ahead, take your foot off the accelerator and let your vehicle coast in gear. This lets momentum get you to the intersection.
- Shift properly. If you have a manual transmission, shifting into high gear as soon as possible without straining the engine reduces drag and uses less fuel.